Rochester police chief candidate removed from consideration

Lt. Roy Alston will no longer be considered to take on the job.

Posted: Jun 5, 2018 6:29 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2018 8:58 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The Rochester Police Civil Service Commission is affirming a decision to remove a police chief candidate from consideration for the job.

The commission's 2-1 vote affirms the decision to remove Dallas Police Lt. Roy Alston as a candidate due to a discrepancy on his background check. Commissioners Bill Sires and Allan Johnson affirmed Alston's removal, while Jodi Grimm opposed the decision. 

To read more about the issue that led to the decision, click here.

"At no time did I ever write something with the intent to deceive anyone," explained Alston at the hearing on Tuesday night at Fire Station 2.

According to Alston, he co-authored the manual for police background checks in Texas. At his hearing, he pointed out instances in the candidate search and dismissal process that he felt were incorrect and unfair.

There was an audible gasp from the crowd when the commission made their final decision, with some people visibly upset and even crying as they exited the room.

"They not only disqualified him, but at the same time, they tried to assassinate his character," commented community member Jackie Booth. "They don't want a black man to be chief."

Mayor Ardell Brede spoke with KIMT after the hearing. He says he has no say in the decision made, but he now has the power to choose between the remaining two police chief candidates. He says he thinks he has a good idea of who he is going to choose.

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